Saturday, September 17, 2011

Bead Soup Blog Party and Giveaway!!!

I can't believe it is finally here! This process has been such a treat. From anxiously awaiting to see who my partner would be, trying to pick out the perfect soup for that partner, and of course anticipating my own bead soup arriving. My partner, Laura Twiford, did a fantastic job with the bead soup that she chose for me. She found beads that I love, but probably wouldn't have picked out  for myself. Close friends know that I like blue, aqua, turquoise, teal, ... are you sensing a theme here? LOL! By sending all these great blue beads paired with copper beads and an incredible hand-made focal, she has helped to push me in new directions, lots of copper and recycled glass.!I hope that she had as much fun playing with her soup as I had playing with mine

Here is a picture to remind you of the bead soup that I received

For my first piece, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the gorgeous etched copper focal with a sweet bezel set turquoise stone. Everytime I came into my office I would sit and fiddle... moving something here, moving something else there for over a week before I was finally happy with it. I initially wanted to make a "show stopper" piece, but finally realized that I loved the beads and the pieces too much to make it something I could only wear every once in a while. In fact it has already made its debut at church. Without further adieu, here it is!

I seriously love it, and it matches over half my wardrobe!

Next up I have another necklace. I used a single ceramic bead from the soup that matched a strand of shell beads that I had picked up months ago without knowing why (I am surely not the only one that does that!). I couldn't believe it when these went together so well.

For my last piece, I used some of the recycled sea glass, copper beads, and paired them with a few of my boro beads to create this fun bracelet. I can't wait to wear it, I just have to wait for this darned arm/shoulder to heal up!

I want to thank our fabulous hostess,  Lori Anderson for all the hours of time that she put into arranging this for all of us. I can't wait to see everyone's creations! 

Be sure to check out Laura's blog, here, to see what she created with my bead soup. I love what she did!

I also want to do a give-away as well. After all every good party has a favor!

How To Enter (give away is open to everyone, not just Bead Soup Blog Party participants:
  • Leave me a comment here and/or become a follower of my blog (one entry)
  • "Like" Wee Gems Designs Facebook page (one entry)
  • "Like" Charmed Pennies Facebook page (one entry)
  • Spread the word about this giveaway on your blog, facebook or twitter (one entry)
  • Since I am recovering from surgery and am desperate for something to read, leave me a comment with some of your favorite books in it (one entry). I love mysteries, novels, suspense, ... pretty much anything PG-13. LOL!
So there you have it, five different ways to enter:) Leave me a comment letting me know how you entered.**I will announce the winner in a month on October 17th, giving us all plenty of time to visit all of these fabulous blogs.**  Please check back to see if you have won or with a way to contact you if you win!.

Now for the prizes! A mini acorn, your choice of 3 Charmed Pennies pendants (I can put a favorite saying or even your logo on one if you want!), and a set of pandora style beads.

Be sure to check out the rest of the party!!!
The Hostess, Lori Anderson and her partner, Manuela Wutschke

1. Aimee Wheaton and Barbara York
2. Alice Craddick and Sandra Richardson
3. Alison Sachs and Amy Severino
4. Allison Scott and Cynthia Abner
5. Amanda Cargill Austin and Charlene Sevier
6. Amanda Davie and Patsy Evins
7. Amber Dawn and Kim Ballor
8. Ambra Gostoli and Christine Hansen
9. Amy Freeland and Christine Altmiller
10. Ana Krepel-Novak and Eleanor Snare

11. Andrea Morici and Hope Smitherman
12. Andrea Trank and Jayne Capps
13. Andrea Turini and Charlene Jacka
14. Angela May and Emanda Johnson
15. Anitra Gordy and Elizabeth Owens Dwy
16. Ann Rishell and Debbie Price
17. Ann Sherwood and Lynne Bowland
18. Anna Lear and Barbe Saint John
19. Anna Sabina­­­­ and Erin Siegel
19. Nan Emmett and Erin Siegel
20. Astrid Boyce and Birgitta Lejonklou

21. B.R. Kuhlman and Deanna Chase
22. Barbara Bechtel and Bryna Lumb
23. Barbara Blaszczyk and DaviniaDesign
24. Barbara Judy and Holly Westfall
25. Barbara Lewis and Cathie Carroll
26. Barrie Edwards and Lyn Foley
27. Becky Fairclough and Jana Tarhala
28. Bella Borgouise and Gillian Lehman
29. Beth and Evie McCord and Erin Prais-Hintz
30. Beth Bricker and Heather Pyle

31. Beth Emery and Cassie Donlen
32. Bobbie Rafferty and Cindy Cima Edwards
33. Candice McGinnis and Sally Anderson
34. Carol Bradley and Cece Cormier
 35.  Cathy Khoury and Molly Alexander
 36. Carol Tannahill and Hilary Frye
37. Carrie Tahquechi and Cris Peacock
38. Cat Pruitt and Cindy Gimbrone
39. Charlene Gary and Doris Stumpf
40. Charlotte Pevny and Kate Gardenghi

41. Cherrie Fickand Cathie Carroll
41. Claire Maunsell and Cherrie Fick
42. Cheryl Roe and Jenny Vidberg
43. Chris White and Norma Turvey
44. Christa Murphy and Kathy Alderfer
45. Christie Murrow and Dana James
46. Christina Miles and Collette Collins
47. Christine Brandel and Elizabeth Woodford
48. Christine Damm and Cynthia Deis
49. Christine Hendrickson and Debbie Goering
50. Christine Stonefield and Dee Wingrove-Smith

51. Cilla Watkins and Johanna Rhodes
52. Cindy Wimmer and Riki Schumacher
53. CJ Baushka and Cory Celaya
54. Courtney Breul and Joanna Matuszczyk
55. Cristi Clothier and Kathleen Robinson Young
56. Cryss Thain and Serena Trent
57. Cynthia Tucker and Kitty Durmaj
58. Dana Johnson Jones and Eva Sherman
59. Davinia Algeri and Janet McDonald
60. Deci Worland and Lara Lutrick

61. Diana Ptaszynski and Kristy Abner
62. Diane Cook and Kerry Bogert
63. Diane Hawkey and Jen Judd Velasquez
64. Dorcas Midkiff and Jill Harris
65. Doris Radlicki and Heather Goldsmith
66. Dot Lewallen and Gaea Cannaday
67. Elisabeth Auld and Jennifer Justman
68. Erin Fickert-Rowland and Geanina Grigore
69. Erin Grant and Julie Jones
70. Eszter Czibulyas and Helena Fritz

71. Fiona Christie and Michelle Heim
72. Gail Zwang and Genea Crivello-Knable
73. Geneva Collins and Jana Haag
74. Gretchen Nation and Heidi Post
75. Heather DeSimone and Karin Slaton
76. Heather Marley and Terry Carter
77. Ingrid McCue and Jennifer Pride
78. Jackie Ryan and Nicole Keller
79. Janna Harttgen and Joanne Tinley
80. Jean Yates and Lori Anderson

81. Jelveh Jaferian and Jenny Davies-Reazor
82. Jenni Connolly and Jennifer Heynen
83. Jennifer Cameron and Kristi Bowman
84. Jennifer Geldard and Lisa Liddy
85. Jennifer VanBenschoten and Kim Hora
86. Jess Italia Lincoln and Lori Greenberg
87. Jill MacKay and Lori Bergmann
88. JJ Jacobs and Karen Tremblay
89. Joyce Becker and Kathy Welsh
90. Judy Glende and Karen Sinkowski

91. Judy Riley and Kelly Morgan
92. JuLee Wolfe and Julie Bean
93. Julianna Cannon and Julianna Kis
94. Julie Nordine and Lesley Watt
95. K. Hutchinson and Shea Zukowski
96. Karen Firnberg and Karyn Bonfiglio
97. Karen Williams and Kimberly Roberts
98. Karen Zanco and Polly Barker
99. Kari Carrigan (you are here)and Laura Twiford
100. Karin von Hoeren and Laura Blanck

101. Kate Richbourg and Lorelei Eurto
102. Kathleen Lange Klik and Maria Clark
103. Kathy Engstrom and Keri Lee Sereika
104. Kay Thomerson and Loretta Carstensen
105. Kelley Fogle and Laurel Bielec
106. Kelly Ramstack and Sally Anderson
107. Kim Stevens and Tiffany Long
108. Kristi Harrison and Mandy Williamson
109. Kristi Kyle and Lana Kinney
110. Kristina Johansson and Sue Hodgkinson

111. Kym Hunter and Laura Sanger
112. Laura Zeiner and Susan Kennedy
113. Laurel Steven and Mary McGraw
114. Laurie Hanna and Lisa Boucher
115. Lesley Weir and Liz DeLuca
116. Linda Djokic and Tracey Weiser
117. Linda Inhelder and Pam Brisse
118. Linda Landig and Lori Dorrington
119. Linda Murphy and Lisa Hamilton
119.  Line Labrecque and Marianne Baxter
120. Lisa Lodge and Monica Johnson

121. Lois Moon and Melissa Muir
122. Lola Surwillo and Therese Frank
123. Lori Bowring Michaud and Marci Brooks
124. Lupe Meter and Norma Agron
125. Maggie Towne and Marge Beebe
126. Malin de Koning and Susie Hibdon
127. Mallory Hoffman and Shirley Moore
128. Marcie Abney and Patty Miller
129. Marcy Lamberson and Melissa Clarke
130. Margot Potter and Suzann Sladcik Wilson

131. Maria Grimes and Wendy Blum
132. Maria Horvath and Melinda Orr
133. Maria Rosa Sharrow and Marie-Noel Voyer-Cramp
134. Marian Hertzog and Melissa Mesara
135. Marianna Boylan and Sandi Lee James
136. Marina Dobrynina and Michaela Pabeschitz
137. Marsha Neal and Miri Agassi
138. Mary Ellen Parker and Melissa Meman
139. Mary Elliott and Tamara Soper
140. Mary Hicks and Laurel Steven

141. Melissa Pynn and Michelle Buettner
142. Michelle Hardy and Niki Meiners
143. Michelle Mach and Moira McEvoy
144. Missy Rappaport and Norma Agron
145. Molly Alexander and Poranna
146. Mylene Hillam and Nicole Rennell
147. Nadezhda Parfyonova and Stacey Curry
148. Nan Emmett and Nancy Peterson
149. Nancy Boylan and Natalie McKenna
150. Natalie Monkivitch and Niky Sayers

151. Natasha Lutes and Pam Ferrari
152. Noemi Baena and Penny Ilagan
153. Pamela Petry and Rebecca Sirevaag
154. Pat Haight and Mary McGraw
155. Patty Gasparino and Vonna Maslanka
156. Penny Neville and Sandi Volpe
157. Pepita Bos and Wendy Chamberlain
158. Raida Disbrow and Rebecca Watkins
159. Rebecca Anderson and Sabrina Staub
160. Regina Santerre and Rose Binoya

161. Rhea Freitag and Tari Kahrs
162. Rochelle Brisson and Sheryl Stephen
163. Sally Russick and Tracy Bell
164. Sandra McGriff and Shay Williams
165. Sandra Wolberg and Sara Hardin
166. Sarah Elder and Salla Small
167. Saskia Kaffenberger and Sharon Gardner
 168. Sharon Palac and Shannon Chomanczuk
169. Shay Stone and Suzette Bentley
170. Shiraz Biggie and Tammy Powley

171. Staci Smith and Tracy Stillman
172. Stacie Stamper and Tracy Martin
173. Stefanie Teufel and Vicky Taylor
174. Stephanie Dixon and Stephanie LaRosa
175. Stephanie Haussler and Valerie Norton
176. Suzanne Tate and Terri Wlaschin
177. Sweet Freedom Designs and Tammy Jones
178. Tania Spivey and Tari Sasser
179. Tara Plote and Terry Matuszyk
180. Terri Gauthier and Deana Hager
181. Theresa Fosdick and Tracey Nanstad


Manda said...

I hope you get feeling better! A series I am reading is called " the Great and Terrible" its by a mormon author, and its about a family in the last days. AMAZING. I recommend it to anybody, and since its a mormon author, its clean!!

Laura Twiford said...

Kari, I LOVE what you did with the soup mix! I smiled when I saw the first piece, we really are on the same wavelength! That is actually the first time I have ever added just sections of chain amongst the wirewrapped, always liked it but never actually did it! I am so glad you can enjoy the pieces with your wardrobe, Me too and I plan to wear my pieces to the upcoming Artbliss retreat! Thank you so much again this has been great fun! Sorry that i can't recommend a book right now, haven't had any time to read, just magazines! I think you are right to wait a month to do the giveaway, I may change my date too, forgot to leave extra time to hop around, good thinking! get well soon, Hugs, Laura

EmandaJ said...

Beautiful work!

Enjoy the hop,

Stacey said...

Beautiful colors - gorgeous pieces.

Lara Lutrick said...

Great soup use Kari. Love the breacelet and the shell necklace.

Mel said...

You really did those beautiful teals and blues, and that awesome focal, justice! Love them!

one-eared pig said...

Such soothing colors. You did a wonderful job!
I've liked both of your Etsy pages. :)

VS said...

What a beautiful soup you made my friend, your work is truly stunning!! Thanks for sharing & all I can say is yummmmmy!!!

Karyn B said...

All three are lovely! My fave is number one, and I can see how it would just go with everything! Great soup!

Anonymous said...

Kari, these are beautiful pieces. I love what you did with the shell beads and the triangular focal. That is one gorgeous focal, btw. I remember you from LE or was it wet canvas. Anyway, good to see you and I love your pieces. :')

CraftyHope said...

First off. . .shades of blue: yes, yes, YES! My wardrobe is quite similar!
Secondly, I'll admit to constantly buying beads that just strike my fancy and figure that I'll work them into something later. (I also have a collection of shell beads.)
Now, your soup results. LOVE!!!! I am smitten with all three pieces, but the first necklace and the bracelet are my faves. Beautiful work!

CraftyHope said...

Also I've Like BOTH of your facebook pages!!

Holly said...

Kari - oh goodness, I just love all three pieces you did! I'm right with you though, always debating the showstopper/showpiece vs something that's a tad more wearer friendly! And you truly rocked the "wearer friendly" with all of these pieces! That first is just lovely.

coffeeaddict said...

a lot of thought went into your soup design and what a gorgeous outcome :-)

Pretty Things said...

I particularly LOVE that first necklace -- the focal is amazing and you did such a good job with it! I love the beads Laura sent you and the care you took making pieces!

I hope you'll join us again next year!

Love, Lori

Cindy Cima said...

Very cool designs! Great job!

Sweet Willow Designs said...

Hoping for a speedy recovery for you. The designs turned out beautifully.

Maggie said...

What beautiful, timeless, classic pieces you created.

Recycled Cottage & Garden said...

If you ever tire of this necklace you can send it my way as it goes with 1/2 my wardrobe too. As for books I highly recommend any of the Cat Who... mysteries or any of the Brother Cadfael mysteries.

JuLee said...

I love what you did with your Soup Mix, esp. the second necklace. The color is so soothing. For reading, I really like the Cat Who... series or the Amelia Peabody mysteries.

Christine Altmiller said...

these are lovely! the first piece is a knockout! the colors and textures all flow so beautifully.

Unknown said...

Lovely stuff, I'd love to wear it all!

Kathy ~ Artful Accents said...

These designs are just stunning! I too am a huge fan of all things blue or green. ;-) I love the combination of copper and green, so striking. The necklaces are both just perfect. Very nice work!

Jennifer Cameron said...

I ADORE that focal and I love how you kept it simple and stunning. The bracelet is to die for! Fabulous work!

Sweet Freedom said...

What a delicious soup mix you received - those are totally my colors, so your necklace would go with over half my outfits, too! Wonderful creations!

Sweet Freedom said...

And I am currently reading "Without Mercy" by Lisa Jackson. i love her thrillers! This one has a sequel, which is already in my Kindle, ready for when I finish Without Mercy". Feel better soon!

Carol Tannahill said...

Beautiful work! I love the colors and texture of your soup and I love what you did with it. It's all absolutely gorgeous!

rockcreekcreations said...

what beautiful work! your pennies are really neat!!

Beadbug said...

Very nice, I love the colors and mix.

elisabeth said...

Great pieces! Love that copper focal. I am already a follower, and liked both your pages! Now for something to read - "State of Wonder" by Anne Patchett - I lvoed it!

Wendy said...

Oh wow, GORGEOUS work! I love each piece!

Niky Sayers said...

Such lovely work, I completly love that first necklace the whole design is fantastic and that bracelet is just as stunning!

Tracy said...

Love all of them, nice work!

Jen Judd said...

You're a one-armed creative wonder! haaaaaaaa Hope your recovery is going well. Until you can get back to the torch and your gorgeous beads, I recommend the novel New York by Edward Rutherford. I couldn't put it down and loved how it intertwined with history.
Take care!!

Loris Glassworks said...

Wonderful! You have created three terrific pieces of wearable art. I like your use of color and texture, and I'm amazed at what you can do with one arm. Thank you for sharing your artistic process along the way. Cheers!

P.S. I like the author Mary Jo Putney. She has several books in a series.

Loris Glassworks said...

Sign me up for a second entry to the giveaway; I'm a blog follower.

Norma's Bag Boutique said...

Wow! What beautiful pieces. I love the first necklace. Those colors are great together.

Karin Slaton said...

You were certainly gifted with a great soup, and I love what you did with it. I would wear your first necklace all the time - it is made with such wearable colors. Those shell beads in the second necklace were an inspired choice!

Karin Slaton said...

A great read I recently finished is Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. Full of suspense and superbly written. Am currently reading In the Fall They Come Back by Robert Bausch - I don't want this book to end.

KayzKreationz said...

Great pieces. I really like the way you kept the necklace simple in the first one to showcase the wonderful copper focal. The focal in the second one went really well with your beads. And the bracelet is just lovely with your boro beads mixed in.

KayzKreationz said...

Actually my newest read is my new Mixed Metal mania by Kim St. Jean. I just took an online class from her (did a review on my blog) and love her work, so got her book. It's great especially since I love copper and metal. Hoping to learn some new techniques.

Silver Parrot said...

Great job - everything came out so pretty!

I LOVE color! said...

I am so sorry for being so late my computer was resisting too labor intensive:^)Very nice designs. And there is still time to sign up for the give-away, Just go to Sept.16th blog and leave a comment
Be blessed to be a blessing

Shirley said...

Ha! I'm so going to "steal" all those book references! I love reading, whether I have a bum arm or not!
All your pieces are so wonderful, I just love that first necklace with the focal! The greens are so soft and such a wonderful color for fall in the second one.
I just finished Clive Cussler's "Silent Sea" I love how he doles out pieces of the mystery and plot a bit at the time.
Thanks so much for the great giveaway! I've liked both your fb sites!

salla said...

the texture on the focal is lovely. you are a very lucky girl!

Alice said...

Beautiful pieces! I love the necklace. Thanks for the chance to win some amazing prizes!

Alice said...

I 'liked' Wee Gems Designs on FB.

beautifullybrokenme said...

What fantastic pieces! I am a HUGE copper fan, and those gorgeous colors compliment it perfectly. I would wear every one of these pieces - beautiful!

SoulsFireDesigns said...

Ok... LOVE that necklace! Gorgeous! Would totally wear that with um, everything I own ;) And the second necklace is beautiful and the bracelet is to sigh for! Beautiful beautiful! As for reading... let's see. I'm a big fan of the classics... Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is one I love because it is very though provoking. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen is an often overlooked gem of hers that has a mystery element ;) I've been reading the young adult novels the Books of Pellinor by Alison Croggon, which are pretty interesting though sometimes a bit intense. I could go on and on and on... and I'm following you now! Woohoo! Can't wait to read more on your blog. Hope your arm heals quickly!

Beadaholique said...

So beautiful! I love the colors blending with copper - yummy!
Julie and Andrea

Terri said...
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Terri said...

Delightful pieces...I really love the color pallet. It is among my favorites. I almost picket up those shell beads. Might have to go back and get them. Soup-er Job!

Sorry about the deleted comment too many misspellings.

Bobbie said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely pieces - the color schemes are so tasty, and you did such a nice job with each one. Three books I've read recently that I could recommend are "Room" by Emma Donoghue, "Adam and Eve" by Sena Jeter Naslund and "Fall of Giants" by Ken Follett. You may want to hold off on the Follett until your arm is healed -- it's a hefty sucker. Hope your arm is better soon!

Unknown said...

I love your pieces

moonlitfantaseas said...

I really love every thing you made with your bead soup! its fun when you can make so many things with your soup!

Christine said...

Beautiful collection!

DaviniaDesign said...

Love what you did to your soup!
Love it...

Courtney Breul said...

I love your soup! Beautiful wirework. I love the blue and copper! Totally a piece I would wear!

Maneki said...

Beautiful jewellery! I really like the colour combos in the necklaces. My fave is the first one: Think you really framed the focal well and the colours are lovely. Fab job!

Elysian Studios said...

Lovely soft colors! I just love all the pieces you made with your soup! Brilliant work!

Unknown said...

Hi Kari, first time at your blog, but I would like to wish you a speedy recovery!!! Take care of yourself and good to hear you are letting others take care of you too. I really like your soup, I think my favorite is the first necklace with the copper pendant. Very lovely, you color pallet is one of my favorites.

Shyme said...

Lovely pieces!!

Anonymous said...

Everything is lovely, but I am particularly enamoured of the blue and copper necklace..this is currently one of my favorite design combinations!

Shay Stone said...

I love the pieces you've made here - especially where you added the shells. NIce :) Hmmm...books. If you ever read fantasy, I love Robin Hobb. :)

Anonymous said...

The beads used in the second necklace have a great texture, where did you get those? Want, want, want!


Ann said...

Beautiful, you did a great job with the ingredients you were sent.

Kari Carrigan said...

Thank you all so much for the comments this past month. You truly all brought smiles to my day when I was able to read them. I am still working my way through the soup and am so loving the whole process. Thank you again!


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